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Derbyshire Recipes

Food recipes from Derbyshire

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Derbyshire Oatcakes
1 lb Fine oatmeal
1 lb Flour
1 oz Yeast
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Salt
2 pt Warm water

Mix the oatmeal, flour and salt in a warm bowl. Cream the yeast with the sugar and add pint of the warm water. Pour the yeast mixture into the dry ingredients and add the rest of the water, mixing slowly until a thin batter is formed. Set aside in a warm place until well risen, about 30 minutes. Grease a large frying pan and heat. Pour cupfuls of the batter on to the hot pan and cook like thick pancakes for 4-5 minutes on each side. The oatcakes will keep for 2-3 days. Serve warmed up in a frying pan with bacon and eggs or with lemon juice and sugar or toasted with cheese or golden syrup.

Makes 4 servings.

Bakewell pudding
Bakewell in Derbyshire is home to the Bakewell Pudding which can be purchased from various shops in the town some claiming to sell the only true and original version. You can make your own version as follows: Ingredients

8oz butter
1 egg and 7 egg yolks
8oz castor sugar
sieved raspberry jam


Line an oval pie dish or plate at least one and a half inches in depth with puff pastry. Spread with the jam. Meanwhile melt the butter in a double saucepan or a basin over simmering water adding the eggs and sugar. Stir until a custard is formed and flavour with almond essence. After pouring into the pastry cook in an oven at 180C for 45 minutes turning the heat down after 20 minutes as necessary.

or try this one

Bakewell Tart
Defrosted 7" pie or tart shell (our use 8" with double recipe of filling, cook longer)
2 oz./1/2 stick butter
2 oz./4 tablesp. sugar
1 egg
2 oz. fresh white breadcrumbs (approx. 2 slices)
Almond essence (extract)
Raspberry jam
Icing (confectioner's) sugar (optional)


Cream butter and sugar together, beat in egg, add breadcrumbs and flavouring to taste, and mix well (start with a teaspoon or so of almond, taste until right). Spread a good layer of raspberry jam (2-3 tablesp. or so) on the pastry, spread the mixture on top. Bake at 400 for about 1/2 hour. Can sprinkle with icing sugar, serve hot or cold, with or without custard or cream. I always put sliced almonds on top before baking.

For richer version, add 2 oz. ground almonds and substitute cake crumbs for breadcrumbs.

Derbyshire fruit Loaf
4 Servings

1 lb Mixed dried fruit
8 oz Sugar
1/2 pt Hot tea
1 x Egg
1 lb SR flour
1/2 ts Mixed spice
1/2 ts Grated nutmeg
2 tb Marmalade


Put the dried fruit and the sugar into a mixing bowl, add the hot tea and leave to soak overnight. Next day, set oven to 300/F or Mark 2. Grease and line a 7 inch cake tin or two 1 lb. loaf tins. Stir the egg, flour, spices and the marmalade into the fruit, sugar and tea mixture. Pour into the cake tin or the loaf tins. Bake for l 1/2 -2 hours until frm to the touch or until a skewer pushed into the cake comes out clean. Do not open the oven during the first hour of baking time. This cake will keep well.

Derby Savoury pudding

2cups of organic breadcrumbs
1cup of organic oatmeal
1tsp of organic minced sage
2cups of organic plain flour
8oz of organic shredded
vegetarian suet
4 organic onions
2 large organic eggs
pepper and salt


Put the oatmeal and flour together in a basin. Pour the milk over this and leave it to stand for about 15 minutes. Beat the eggs into the mixture and add the flour, sage and pepper and salt. Lastly add the onions and beat well. Turn into a greased tin and bake at about 200 degrees centigrade. Serve as a main course or as an accompaniment to roast meat.

1lb Oatmeal 1tsp Salt
1lb Plain Flour 1tsp Ginger
1lb Sugar 2oz Candied Peel
2tsp Baking Powder 12oz Butter
1tsp Coriander Seeds 1lb Treacle

Mix up all the ingredients until you have a well mixed dough, squash the mix into thick round biscuits and bake in a moderate oven until golden. You can use biscuit cutters but it is very difficult to cut dough which contains oatmeal, I normally press the dough into the mould rather than stamp designs. Try and find a goat shaped biscuit cutter, they are surprisingly common in cake shops.

'Griddle' cakes can be made for any festival, though this Derbyshire recipe has a warming wintry feel. Try some alternative ingredients more suited to other seasons, fresh herbs, wine, chopped nuts, apples or honey.

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